We had put our house up for sale in January and it was finally sold end of June. In Scotland it works a bit different as once an offer is accepted and missives are signed there can be no backing out....we accepted an offer £4k below where we ideally wanted to sell, but living with mother-in-law until we move out kinda cancels out that loss as we would have normally been paying out about that or more in Council Tax, Rent etc etc...so not too bad.
The cheeky sod did expect us to move out just 1 week after missives were signed...we told her she could take a long walk off a short pier...she also asked if she'd get the lawn mower and all the garden furniture etc...again, having got the place on the cheap...we told her not to push her luck.
But it all worked out well in the end...after we sold we found out about 10days later that we got our visa...couldn't have asked for better timing really.
roll on the 27th October.....just 87 days away (not that I am counting ;) )